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Catholics comprise 31% of new US Congress

January 03, 2017

Catholics account for 31% of the members of the new US Congress, the Pew Forum reports.

The percentage of Catholics in Congress has grown dramatically in the past 55 years: from 19% to 31%. Catholics make up 27% of the Republican majority in Congress, and 37% of the Democratic minority.

While the American population has seen a steady slippage in the percentage of people who identify themselves as Christians, that trend is not evident on Capitol Hill. Although the number of Protestant representative in Congress has dropped since 1961, the overall percentage of lawmakers who identify themselves as Christian has remained steady at over 90%, largely because of the growth in the Catholic presence.

Of the 293 Republicans in the 115th Congress, all but two identify themselves as Christians; those two are Jewish. On the Democratic side of the aisle, 80% categorize themselves as Christian, but there are also Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, and Unitarian members, and 11 who either decline to identify a religious affiliation or say they have none.


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  • Posted by: [email protected] - Jan. 03, 2017 10:20 PM ET USA

    Calling yourself Catholic and being Catholic are two different things. Look how the Democrats vote on any abortion issue. See how the Dems vote on defending Planned Parenthood. That will show the true colors.

  • Posted by: aclune9083 - Jan. 03, 2017 10:07 PM ET USA

    If the 37% of the members of Congress who say they are Catholic all stop apostatizing, and the 27% percent of the Republicans likewise, we should see an end to the slaughter of the innocents (a.k.a. abortion), and the grave evils of homosexuality and its ugly spawn "trans-genderism". Get busy folks--write, call, twitter, march. You will all have to face those slaughtered innocents one day and explain to them what you did--or did not--do to help them.

  • Posted by: Lucius49 - Jan. 03, 2017 9:19 PM ET USA

    How many are real Catholics and how many sociological or name-only Catholics?